The Yoga Mandiram™ (YM) was founded in 2001 as a sanctuary for those interested in using the wisdom of yoga to illuminate the universal spiritual principles of life, and greatly alleviate unnecessary pain and stress. We are a semi-private, single room yoga shala that specializes in giving personal attention to each student. Our classes, workshops and retreats all include teaching the student how to meditate and enjoy moving the body with the breath (vinyasa) in a safe, life-affirming fashion. The use of yoga props, mantra (chanting), educational videos and literature is common place in our classes. Based in the Raja Yoga tradition, we also use pranayama, mudra, drishti and bandha in our practice. We are not politically associated with any other style of yoga but enjoy the company and friendship of many different styles here at the Shala. The Shala is kept at a comfortable room tempeature of 24 ºC (75 ºF). The Yoga Mandiram is blessed with a spectacular view of the ocean including some of the world's most hypnotizing sunsets, fantastic restaurants and North County's unparalleled Seaside Market. All within walking distance of the Yoga Mandiram, the beach and our spectacular Glen Park. Dennis Dean is the founder and director of the Yoga Mandiram, with over 30 years of passionate teaching experience. In addition to his knowledge and teaching skills, he is known for his sense of humor, open heart and great hugs.